*This is a developing story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.*
A Florida man is behind bars for murder and related charges in connection with a child’s death.
Patch reports that Hillsborough County officers arrived at a home in Riverview after a 911 call at around 9:15 a.m. on July 20, regarding an unresponsive child. The responding officers found the child covered with bruises and lacerations.
The child was rushed to Tampa General Hospital but subsequently died the next day. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the child was left with life-threatening injuries while in the care of 23-year-old David Vasquez Malave.
The Medical Examiner’s Office listed the child’s death a homicide.
“No child should ever have to suffer as this young victim did,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said, according to ABC Tampa Bay. “This should never happen. It’s an unthinkable tragedy. I am absolutely horrified with the actions by this suspect, and he will be charged to the fullest extent of the law.”
Malave is at the Falkenburg Road Jail without bond. He’s facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
Due to Marsy’s Law, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing the victim’s name or the victim’s relationship to the suspect.
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[Feature Photo: David Vasquez Malave/Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]